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February 9, 2023

Faculty and graduate students share perspectives on Shakespeare

Submitted by Karin Westman

Romeo and Juliet by Frank Dicksee

On Saturday, Feb. 11, 6-7 p.m. in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall, faculty and graduate students will present a series of lightning talks, "Love Letters to Romeo and Juliet," in advance of the performance of Shakespeare's play that same evening at 7:30 p.m. by the Actors From The London Stage.

The lightning talks are free and open to the public.

Speaking about love, tragedy, adaptation and more, the presenters and their topics will be:

  • Kimball Smith, associate professor of English, "Give me, Give me. Tell me not of fear: The Pleasures of Spoiling Shakespeare."
  • Kara Northway, associate professor of English, "Star-crossed Lovers Seeking Stardom: An Actor's Letter from 1606."
  • Shannon Skelton, associate professor of theatre, "Mutants, Skaters, and Gangsters: Romeo and Juliet and Exploitation Cinema."
  • Ty Ratzlaff, graduate student in English, "Juliet's Age."
  • Natalie Liptak, graduate student in English: "'A Tour of Modern-Day Lagos': Place, Identity, & Social Structure in Multicultural YA Adaptations of 'Romeo and Juliet.'"
  • Don Hedrick, professor of English, "Dying Words"

"Love Letters to Romeo and Juliet" is sponsored by the English department and its graduate track in literature in the College of Arts and Sciences with assistance from the college's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.